Dysplasia in dogs
Dysplasia in dogs FAQ:
What is hip dysplasia in dogs?
Dysplasia is a predominantly genetic condition – this means that there is a greater chance of the condition occurring in dogs whose parents have had dysplasia. The condition is manifested by an abnormal structure of the hip joint, for which genes are largely responsible. In contrast, if the dog had healthy parents, the risk of the condition decreases and is less than 10%. However, it is worth performing preventive measures to stop the condition developing, especially in breeds that are predisposed to it.
What are the symptoms of dysplasia in dogs?
Dogs in the early stages of the condition may have difficulty climbing stairs and making sudden movements. They are reluctant to go for walks and runs. Sometimes it is difficult to connect these symptoms acutely with dysplasia. In the later stages of the condition, dogs have clear difficulties with movement, limping and are very slow to get up or sit down. This is due to the pain caused by the abnormal structure of the hip joints.
- careful, slow walking
- putting weight on one paw when sitting, lying down
- stiff, unnatural gait
- reluctance to run
- jumping like a rabbit
- getting up carefully from bedding
- problems with climbing stairs
Symptoms of dysplasia are only apparent to dog owners in the later stages of the condition, and initially it may be difficult to link them specifically to the condition.
Diagnosis of hip dysplasia?
The diagnosis of this condition involves an orthopaedic examination. Such an examination will allow accurate diagnosis, the stage of degeneration to be undertaken and appropriate treatment to be undertaken. Most often, an additional X-ray examination is required.
How do we treat hip dysplasia in dogs at the Kurosz Clinic?
Depending on how advanced the condition is, the veterinarian will select the appropriate treatment. This most often consists of rehabilitation and, if necessary, anti-inflammatory drugs are also administered. At our clinic in Gorzów Wielkopolski, a team of experienced veterinarians will take care of your dog. With a professional approach and a fully equipped laboratory, you can efficiently diagnose your dog’s dysplasia and carry out the rehabilitation process.